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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

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Can I use Mapped drives with Synback Pro to Workdocs in an Unattended backup?
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Can Dell EMC UnityVSA

Provide stretched Cluster?

Note: That's the VSA (virtual SAN) product NOT VXRail

I'm trying to switch my T480 laptop from a Samsung 2TB 2.5" SSD to a Samsung 2TB PCIe, NVMe drive.  It supports either and there's a cassette adapter that I've bought that goes in the 2.5 slot and a separate cable.  In theory the laptop support 2 channels of data, which would be a nice little bump.

I'm stuck on step one though of cloning my drive.  I've got several external NVMe adapters and they're recognized fine, but I've been trying to clone with both Acronis and Paragon without luck.  I know they're 2 entirely different types of drives, but I thought it might work.  I really don't want to start from raw Windows and work my way up.

Is there anyone that's done something like this?  Is there a different product that will clone cross drives like this?  Are these products fine, but I have to use some entirely different technique?

Hey all,

I am thinking of creating a virtual machine for one of my clients using Hyper-V. It will be a terminal server environment where they will be using a cetralised database and accessing emails and docs. Their documents folder is only around 50GB and they have been getting away with 240GB up until now but I will increase a little when I build it. My question: Is there a need to partition the OS from the data drive.. will this provide any increase in performance or reliability?

FYI We will be running SSD drives with 32GB RAM, 8 vCPU cores which I think is ample.

got a server 2012R2 which is hyperv, got 1 disk and 2 volumes as "c" and "d"
"d" volume got all vhd for my virtual machines.
got windows server backup- was all good till recently, it started failing.

it backups up"c" successfully, but not "d" . - fails with "D" volume . getting error as

"there was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set. detailed error:the mounted backup volume is inaccessible. please  retry it again."
also please see the pic
how do I rectify the problem, any ideas ?
Backing up a WordPress site to Bitbucket

I have a brand new WP site at A2 Hosting and hope to back up the site in its pristine condition, as my first code commit. That lets me easily see what changes I have made, and help me in the I changed something I should not have changed.

What parts of a WP site get backed up?

What parts of a WP site DO NOT get backed up?

How do you suggest I approach this...A2 Hosting > BitBucket?

One of our remote desktop servers fails to initialize on barracuda backups for daily backups so i started creating additional backup jobs for the same drives on the server
to create redundancy on the scheduled jobs but was thinking of setting up a backup using windows backup to create additional redundancy but have never actually used this feature on 2012r2 server so wanted help on steps involved in creating this native windows backup on the D drive so in the event of a server crash, i could restore using the windows backup in the event that the barracduda backups were not reliable, thanks in advance.
I run Windows 10 on my Lenovo Laptop computer.  I travel often, and am about to exceed the capacity of my 4TB Western Digital Passport portable hard drive.   I haven't upgraded in several years, and would like to get a dependable, durable, and secure drive (at least 4TB, but hopefully more capacity) that will resist attempts to hack into my files in the event it's lost.  What is the best portable hard drive that will provide the necessary capacity and security?  Hopefully the security encryption will apply to the whole drive and won't require encrypting each file - and won't slow down the access to the files once I type in my password.  Speed is important, if USB 3.1 is available, but security is more important.


Hp mediasmart server health issue
Looking at console, it is showing failing though it has least 100gb free.  It was also indicating files not in sync possible file open, though none are.  Others at random time not able to connect.  One computer think the first one, was running extreamly slow. Rebooted and it started running upadtes, finally started responding quicker.  Could this slow computer be causing this error by not syncing?  But could 1 affect others with this server?
Backup Exec version 20.0 1188.1863

Full Backup file Fail w/ the following messages:
 The consistency check of the snapshot for the Microsoft Exchange database Database was successful.
Monday, May 20, 2019 9:37:17 AM - V-79-57344-65247 - A failure occurred reading an object.

Monday, May 20, 2019 9:37:18 AM - WARNING: "\\\Microsoft Information Store\Mailbox Database 1\Database" is a corrupt file. This file cannot verify.
The consistency check of the snapshot for the Microsoft Exchange transaction log Logs ( E0000803337.log - E00008037B8.log ) has failed.  You should check for possible data corruption in the transaction log that is online.

The Exchange seems running ok but can't backup

What is the issue with the exchange transaction log?
How can I solve it?
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Hi EE,

I am trying to do copy only backups on my SQL server and I am using Ola Hallengren scripts, I just want to make sure the following command would work to create copy only backups.

sqlcmd -E -S $(ESCAPE_SQUOTE(SRVR)) -d master -Q "EXECUTE [dbo].[DatabaseBackup] @Databases = 'USER_DATABASES', @Directory = N'Y:\MSSQL13.SQL2016INFRA\MSSQL\Backup', @BackupType = 'FULL', @Verify = 'Y', @CleanupTime = 48, @Compress = 'Y', @ChangeBackupType = 'Y', @CheckSum = 'Y', @CopyOnly = 'Y' " -b

Additionally is there any way to verify if I a backup is a copyonly backup?

I am using the following script:

       -- CONVERT(CHAR(100), SERVERPROPERTY('Servername')) AS SRVNAME, 
       -- msdb.dbo.backupset.expiration_date, 

       CASE msdb.dbo.backupset.type
            WHEN 'D' THEN 'Full'
            WHEN 'I' THEN 'Diff'
            WHEN 'L' THEN 'Log'
       END  AS backup_type,
       -- msdb.dbo.backupset.backup_size / 1024 / 1024 as [backup_size MB],  
       -- AS backupset_name,
       -- msdb.dbo.backupset.description,

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We use Veeam BU and Replication at two sites.  At site A, Veeam is on a physical machine and our backup storage is physically connected to that physical machine so adding storage to hold backups and replicas is simple.

At site B, there are two VMware hosts.  Veeam is running as a VM on one of those hosts.  

Each host has 20+TB of storage and I'm trying to add it to Veeam to hold backups and replicas and it's giving me some grief.  

Veeam is running on host 200, but the only way I have found to add storage for Veeam to use is to add a virtual hard drive to the Veeam server and then map to it.  I just want to make sure I'm dealing with this storage in the correct way.

Can anyone offer any suggestion?


I am about to do a system image of my PC.  My understanding is that I must also make
a rescue disk.  On what media should this rescue disk be made...USB stick, CD/DVD, or an
external hard drive.  Any advice re which is better?  Also, should the device be blank to begin?
I have two synology NAS one onsite and one offsite, synology offer two application for site to site replicate synology snapshot and hyper backup. Can one please advice which should be the recommended one to use.
Does a non domain controller need to have the system state backed up?
Anyone have experience with Phobos ransomware?  According to the time stamps Phobos took control of a client PC last night around 8:15PM and finished encrypting the entire system and backups by 8:46PM.  The backups are 58GB each x7 copies (The drives alternate daily)  Restored from the other drive without issue, but wondering if I could decrypt the files that are lost from yesterday?  I have tried the Dharma decryption tool so far.
Would like to backup using StorageCraft software to a Western Digital NAS device. Goal is redundancy by backing the data up to a NAS device at another office location. I believe this is an option has anyone done it and how reliable was it. I know StorageCraft is reliable I'm more concerned with their services backing up to a NAS device not in their cloud and the reliability in this part of it. NAS will likely be a Western Digital of some sort unless EE'rs feel there's a better option.
I'm using ROBOCOPY for backing up files across our network from 1USB external hard drive connected to a PC to another USB external hard drive connected to a different PC.
On the source USB external hard drive there are approximately 30 Folders with each holding 30 Subfolders.  Within the 30 subfolders there are hundreds and hundreds of files - mostly Word docs and .pdf files.
The PC that will be "receiving" the Folders/Files from the Source PC is where I'm running Robocopy.
My initial command was:
with D: being the external hard drive plugged into the PC receiving the Folders/Files from the Source PC.
This command gave me an exact copy of the USB external hard drive connected to the Source PC.  This process copied over approximately 180 gigs in about 6 hours.
This is an office that will Add or Edit Folders/Files on the Source PC's USB external hard drive daily.
However, I would now like some assistance with a command that will copy ONLY the added or edited Folders/Files on the Source PC's external USB hard drive since the last backup.  That is, at the end of every day, the external USB hard drive that is receiving Folders/Files from the Source PC's USB external hard drive should just "update" it's existing Folder/File structure.
There is a need to copy the contents of the desktop contents of MAC to a Synology Server.
All on the same internal network.
When using software such as SyncBack Pro, it produces various errors which prevent some but not all files to be copied.
Access is denied for some files, since they cannot be copied I believe due to permissions.
How can I copy the files without it's permissions,  using either SyncBack Pro or another software program which runs on a Windows computer to backup those desktop MAC files to a Synology share?
Thank you.
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Hi guys,

Got a qnap storage device- nas
Suddenly it just got stuck with “system booting “ message. Cannot ping it through IP address so can’t access web interface
- tried pressing the reset button, stiill no luck. Shows same message “system booting”
- normally the Manual says, If reset buttton presses for 3 seconds, there will be beep sound. No sound either when I press reset button.

Any ways to make it start as normal ?? I removed all disks from the nas, so it does not damage any data.
I have a new customer with Dell T30 server.
- Unfortunately they purchased this without consultation
- The server only came with 1 1TB Sata drive
- 8GB of RAM
- Prior to us starting to work together my client decided they wanted raid10 redundancy
- They purchased 3 additional 1TB drives from Dell
- Enter me
- The server does not support any kind of onboard raid
- I contacted Dell and of course they do not make any raid controllers for the T30

Any one have any thoughts about either of these controllers as an add-on option?

Again it's aT30 so it'll be limited but trying to make some lemonade outta the lemons I've been handed :)
We have a Tandberg USB 3.0 RDX drive and media for backups

Some RAID cards I've been considering
LSI 9341-4i
Intel rs3wc080Intel

PS sure we can look at Battery backed , cache, onboard RAM, etc but this is just to get some basic redundancy beyond a single drive in their server.

Thanks in advance.
Hello, we lost power to our esx + san environment, and my backups have been failing on VEEAM. I went into vmware, and saw this message, however the disk is attached in the VM. How do i fix this?

Vmware 6.0 drive properties
My computer started to give me blue screens for the first time yesterday, 3 times actually.  Today, same thing, I was able to get into windows, but it crashed 2 or 3 times, so I did a full restore from my backups about 4 hours ago, and so far so good, it has not crashed yet, BUT, my problem now is, besides my OS drive (SSD), I had 2 more drives in my PC, another 2.5" SSD and a 6TB drive, both already formatted.  
The bios sees both drives, but when I boot to windows, none show up.
I checked the device manager, nothing there, I checked disk management, they are not there.  I clicked on scan for new hardware in device manager, nothing shows up.
I found online to run the windows memory diagnostic tool, did that, restarted, and still didn't' show up.   I'm a bit puzzled.

Any other thoughts why the drives show up in bios, but not in windows, running the latest version of windows 10.

device manager
disk management
SQL Server Maintenance

I have a SQL Server that houses a small db for about 20 users. I am by no means a DBA. I am currently using Datto to do image level backups every hour. The server has 2 Drives that are mirror running server 2008 and SQL 2008 and 8 GB of Ram. I would like to know what other tasks i should be doing to make sure the DB is healthy. Also i would like to know if there is a way to monitor its performance to make sure its running at its best.
Last year we did a few things starting with:
Next, one of the Experts engaged in a planning task for us that was tailored to our particular situation; the result was an outline of an approach that makes sense to *me* and I'll be revisiting that soon.
Next, I set up a test lab with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V VMs.  Not that I *plan* to have two servers per site but that I *anticipate* the possibility.
That's going to be revved up now and I'll probably configure a 2-subnet arrangement with a DC out of the 2 VMs on each.  That will do a pretty good job of emulating the real environment.
(I'm a rather great believer in partitioning machine roles and in keeping things simple to understand as much as is possible).

Some had asked what we are trying to accomplish:
- We aren't trying to implement file serving up front because we already have a pretty good system set up for that and it's not the focus.  BUT, I'm willing to consider it.  And that's the purpose of THIS question.
- We need to provide User and Access controls - that's the focus.  And, I'm hoping to grease the skids for things like SIEM that we now do sans-server.  Keeping individual machines "connected" either passively or with agents still proves to be challenging.  There are always a handful of machines that don't respond - even after ALL the machines have been made responsive.  I suspect Windows updates more than anything has …

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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.